German Bundesliga
Union Berlin1. FC Union Berlin2WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg2

Union Berlin fans join Bundesliga protests against Hoffenheim's Dietmar Hopp

Union Berlin
Union Berlin players asked fans to put away the banners, just as Bayern Munich did on Saturday

Union Berlin's game against Wolfsburg was held up for 10 minutes as home fans became the latest set of supporters to protest against Hoffenheim president Dietmar Hopp and the German FA this weekend.

Bayern Munich's game at Hoffenheim on Saturday stopped for 20 minutes because of a banner - with players tapping the ball around for the final 13 minutes to get the game to full-time.

Borussia Dortmund and Cologne were among the other fans to protest on Saturday.

Billionaire Hopp is a divisive character in German football, having bankrolled Hoffenheim up from the fifth tier to the Bundesliga between 2000 and 2008.

In 2015, Hopp was allowed to take a majority voting share - one of three exceptions, including Wolfsburg - to the 50+1 rule which means members must own more than half the shares in their club.

Bundesliga fans are also angry that all Borussia Dortmund supporters have been banned from Hoffenheim away games for the past two seasons - a decision made in February followed a suspended sentence from 2018 - rather than just the ultras who led the protests.

Sunday's match was suspended for more than 10 minutes during the first half when Union ultras showed banners with Hopp in the crosshairs and ones critical of the German FA (DFB). Union coach Urs Fischer and his players pleaded with home fans to remove the banners.

Fischer said: "I understand you want to show your opinion, but it should be with decency and respect. I didn't see that in these banners.

"It was very uncomfortable for my boys - such an interruption can completely steer a game in the wrong direction. In my view, these posters were completely unnecessary."

Wolfsburg came from 2-0 down to draw the game 2-2.


Union Berlin

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Gikiewicz
  • 5Friedrich
  • 31Schlotterbeck
  • 3Subotic
  • 28Trimmel
  • 34GentnerSubstituted forPrömelat 73'minutes
  • 30AndrichBooked at 53mins
  • 25Lenz
  • 18MalliSubstituted forIngvartsenat 66'minutes
  • 15BülterSubstituted forRyersonat 83'minutes
  • 10Andersson


  • 6Ryerson
  • 9Polter
  • 11Ujah
  • 19Hübner
  • 21Prömel
  • 23Kroos
  • 27Becker
  • 32Ingvartsen
  • 35Nicolas


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Casteels
  • 19Mbabu
  • 31Knoche
  • 25Brooks
  • 6Rosa Silva
  • 8SteffenBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMehmediat 63'minutes
  • 13Gerhardt
  • 27ArnoldBooked at 40mins
  • 7BrekaloSubstituted forKlausat 88'minutes
  • 33GinczekSubstituted forSantos Saat 78'minutes
  • 9Weghorst


  • 11Klaus
  • 12Pervan
  • 14Mehmedi
  • 24Schlager
  • 32Tisserand
  • 37Karamoko
  • 38Azzaoui
  • 40Santos Sa
  • 44May
Bastian Dankert

Match Stats

Home TeamUnion BerlinAway TeamWolfsburg
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, 1. FC Union Berlin 2, VfL Wolfsburg 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, 1. FC Union Berlin 2, VfL Wolfsburg 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Admir Mehmedi (VfL Wolfsburg) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Maximilian Arnold with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Marvin Friedrich.

  5. Post update

    Kevin Mbabu (VfL Wolfsburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Andersson (1. FC Union Berlin).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, VfL Wolfsburg. Felix Klaus replaces Josip Brekalo.

  8. Post update

    Corner, 1. FC Union Berlin. Conceded by Kevin Mbabu.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Gerhardt (VfL Wolfsburg).

  10. Post update

    Grischa Prömel (1. FC Union Berlin) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Friedrich (1. FC Union Berlin).

  13. Post update

    Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Julian Ryerson (1. FC Union Berlin).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, 1. FC Union Berlin. Julian Ryerson replaces Marius Bülter.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! 1. FC Union Berlin 2, VfL Wolfsburg 2. Wout Weghorst (VfL Wolfsburg) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Joao Victor with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Offside, 1. FC Union Berlin. Christopher Trimmel tries a through ball, but Sebastian Andersson is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Mbabu (VfL Wolfsburg).

  19. Post update

    Christopher Lenz (1. FC Union Berlin) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Gerhardt (VfL Wolfsburg).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st March 2020

As It Stood

1Bayern Munich24164471264552
2RB Leipzig24147362263649
3B Dortmund24146466323448
4B Mgladbach23144546271946
5B Leverkusen24135641301144
10Union Berlin2493123138-730
14Hertha Berlin2476113046-1627
17Werder Bremen2345142553-2817
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